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National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018

Defence Commitment to the United Nations Women, Peace and Security Agenda

National Action Plan

On International Women's Day, 8 March 2012, the Government launched the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 (NAP at Garden Island), Sydney. The delivery of a NAP is a 2010 Australian Government election commitment, and is Australia's next step in implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and related resolutions under the UN WPS agenda. Related resolutions include: 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960 and 2106.

The NAP is coordinated by the Office for Women (OfW), in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and is a practical step forward in establishing a framework for a coordinated, whole of government approach to implementing UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions and demonstrates Australia's ongoing support for the United Nations (UN WPS agenda. The NAP identifies strategies and actions that Australia will take both domestically and overseas to implement UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions, and measure the effectiveness of this work over a six year period from 2012-2018. The NAP has five key strategies and 24 actions that reflect the five thematic areas for conceptualising and organising activities in the implementation of the WPS agenda:

  • Prevention
  • Participation
  • Protection
  • Relief and recovery
  • Normative

Defence is responsible for contributing to the implementation of 17 of the 24 actions.

Australia's peace and security efforts are being taken forward in both domestic agencies and international settings, within and across governments and through engagement with the non-government sector and civil society. The NAP consolidates and builds on the broad program of work already underway in Australia to integrate a gender perspective into peace and security efforts, protect women and girls' human rights, particularly in relation to gender-based violence, and promote their participation in conflict prevention, management and resolution.

A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework has also been established and included in the NAP to track the effectiveness of the NAP and hold Government accountable in the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions. The Government will release a progress report against the framework measures every two years over the lifespan of the NAP, and to further strengthen the initial implementation of the NAP, the three progress reports will be tabled in Parliament. The first progress report was delivered in April 2014. The OfW is the lead agency for this activity.